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The 2014 Farmers Almanac
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Test Your Patriotic Knowledge

Test Your Patriotic Knowledge

Perhaps one of the most recognized figures in America and one commonly connected with the Fourth of July is the Statue of Liberty.

Check out these interesting facts about “Lady Liberty”:

• A gift from France, celebrating America’s independence and the friendship between America and France, the statue was dedicated by President Grover Cleveland on October 28, 1886.

• The Statue of Liberty is built of steel-reinforced copper, weighs 225 tons (450,000 lbs.), and stands 152 feet tall.

• The designer of this statue was Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi (1834-1904) of Alsace.

• The 150-foot-high pedestal was designed by Richard M. Hunt with help from Alexandre-Gustave Eiffel (of Eiffel Tower fame) and was built by Gen. Charles P. Stone.

• The tablet being held by this famous female figure reads: “July IV, MDCCLXXVI;” and a sonnet by Emma Lazarus (1849-1887), titled “The New Colossus,” is housed on a tablet inside the pedestal.

• There are 167 steps from ground level to the top of the pedestal, 168 to the head of the statue, and 54 rungs on the ladder leading to the top of the extended arm.

Presidential Trivia …

Which US president was born on July 4th?

Which 3 US presidents died on the 4th of July?

Answers: Calvin Coolidge was born on July 4.Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and James Monroe all died on July 4.

If you notice a hole in the upper left-hand corner of your Farmers' Almanac, don't return it to the store! That hole isn't a defect; it's a part of history. Starting with the first edition of the Farmers' Almanac in 1818, readers used to nail holes into the corners to hang it up in their homes, barns, and outhouses (to provide both reading material and toilet paper). In 1910, the Almanac's publishers began pre-drilling holes in the corners to make it even easier for readers to keep all of that invaluable information (and paper) handy.